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freedom of speech. and the freedom to crush. the surveillance scandal snowballs in the u.k. is snowden's latest league show how a leading telecom companies secretly gave a british spy agency unprecedented access to net traffic and phone calls. but in washington debate over mass surveillance is swept under the rug along with qantas snooping initiatives despite most people's apparent disapproval of it. and as the u.s. keeps its citizens away from the middle east you two unarmed specified terror threats we look at the bus and fly affects of washington support the rebellion in syria.
welcome you watching r.t. with made andrew farmer. fresh surveillance scandal is unveiling in the u.k. it's been revealed that major telecom companies are secretly collaborating with the british intelligence agency giving it unlimited access to the private communications of millions of customers documents naming verizon business vodafone cable and bt among the companies aiding g c h q to intercept much of the world's online and telephone traffic were leaked by the whistleblower edward snowden this comes hot on the heels of previous revelations showing the agency was generously financed by the n.s.a. r.t. sarah firth has more from london. these are three big companies and the four smaller companies really making up a large part of the high capacity undersea fiber optic cables that really make up the backbone of the internet's architecture now these five optic cables carry vast
amounts of data for millions of uses go back into the guardian newspaper had revealed details of t.c.h. call data who were in programs not this was where he said q it's alleged were able to tap into these fiber optic cables and installed vast amounts of data for up to thirty days now this was named operation tempora and a german newspaper has just published what it's alleged is the most sensitive aspect of this operation and that is the name of the commercial companies that were passing along this information that telecommunications providers can be compelled to cooperate with requests from governments under the nine hundred eighty four telecommunications act but what privacy advocates are really concerned with here is that these big companies haven't been giving enough of a challenge to requests for this large scale surveillance the company have yet to respond to these specific allegations but the german newspaper saying that the
details that they've gone through and this is from the big chunk of information leaked by whistleblower edward snowden prior to his gaining asylum in russia and germany service of this really shows now that telecoms firms were far more complicit in u.s. u.k. spying activities than had previously been a hundred million pounds were provided by washington t g c h q over a period of three years now they were payments that were made to secure access to the british in british intelligence gathering programs and returned it was alleged to teach he was required to quote pull its weight so you can see that really a law. lot of questions that can be raised again about that complicity between the u.s. and u.k. intelligence gathering and i think the level also that has been going to and of course you've got this large amount of information that was leaked by edward snowden that's being king seeing now it as all these details come to light it sort
of seems to push it further every time or is it more like this shed on the relationship between the two countries while former and i thought of officer says despite the fact close cooperation between the u.s. and the u.k. intelligence is nothing new the latest revelations do show it in a whole new dimension one thing that people tend to forget is there is an old program of mutual assistance which was called echelon which was exposed in the one nine hundred eighty s. and then fed into the european parliament in the one nine hundred ninety s. which led to a report that said that europe should develop its own standalone internet infrastructure and not depend on the u.s. infrastructure of course this came out just before nine eleven and was lost in the sort of security panic that happened afterwards so this will resistance have been going on for decades let's have no doubt about that and it's also been a very good way for the n.s.a. and q.
to circumvent domestic laws and domestic warrant tree requirements so they can spy on each other and then feed each other the same the information they need back without having to go through the courts so it's been quite a corrupt relationship however i think these revelations that came out in the guardian take it to a whole new level we are now looking at g.h.q. effectively prostituting itself to the n.s.a. they are saying we can get around some of your laws we can help you we will go to the nth degree to help you give us your money. amount of backlash from snowden's latest leaks is expected in the u.k. in the us the government is diverting public attention from the much criticized practices. why people's discontent is simply being ignored while edward snowden as the messenger remains the focus of everybody's attention the u.s. government is trying to kill his message or at least contain it senior intelligence officials have testified in congress the boring everything is done in accordance
with the law congress has already killed the bill that would make the n.s.a. walk back some of its power so as of now no concrete steps have been taken to rein in n.s.a. surveillance but call for reform keep coming. but if so earlier this week the president met with members of congress specifically to discuss slash and gamble of course attacking snowden is much easier for the white house defending this surveillance state and here's what president obama said about that just in the wake of snowden's revelations and if people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust congress and don't trust. federal judges to make sure that we're biding by the constitution due process and rule of law then we're going to have some problems on that trust issue a gallup poll shows fifty three percent of americans now disapprove of the government surveillance programs thirty seven percent approve and now the poll by
the quinnipiac university conducted just in the wake of snowden's revelations shows forty five percent of americans say the government's anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far restricting civil liberties three years ago that percentage was twenty five so it's a massive shift in attitudes bomb makers certainly have to respond to their constituents concerns and we hear many of them say something has to change something has to be done but is longer snowden's own destiny remains the top story it will be much easier for the government to sweep the debate under the rug in washington i'm going to. delphine down from reporters without borders things washington's tough stance on edward snowden dissuading any potential whistleblowers from coming forward but just would like to remind you there. the most fair of war of war against we saw glowers scenes. twas abducted in one
thousand nine hundred seventeen. prosecution i've been launched against we saw glowers evan and there at the obama administration it's clear that the obama administration hopes that this war will discourage any potential we saw glow or two . to reveal any information that you also have to understand that here and us any information related to national security is considered a secret is considered classified so everything is classified so it's really easy to become a creamy no in the eyes of the obama administration if you're revealed any information which are related to national security. well snowden supplied has turned him into a virtual star a new smartphone app called snowden run three d. puts the digital version of the whistleblower in a never ending chase from what looks like a cia agent in the process the man on the run is collecting u.s.b.
sticks and that tops containing sensitive information and players can also resort to calling uncle putin if they like an option to get help in the form of a hydrogen bomb and there's also a restart button there which allows players to try again if the character gets caught something the game's designers seem to believe might actually happen so the real life snowden. now washington has issued a travel of for u.s. citizens visiting the middle east and north africa due to an unspecified terror threat from al qaida though with a specified time table that's just a day after it announced it's a bank to temporarily shut twenty one of its embassies in the region this weekend with the u.k. and germany closing their missions in yemen the man is comes from the very groups fighting on the side of the rebels in syria backed by the west author and historian
gerald horne finds it ironic. i think that what i do see alert basically reflects is the fact that the united states' policy in that part of the world has backfired for example in syria united states has basically encouraged if not supported a war against the damascus based regime of all saud this is involved a number of u.s. nationals and european nationals going into syria to fight with the so-called jihad this is given to shot me armed to our. back forces was so just refresh and syria which is tied to al qaida in iraq which going to lie a smoke has been engaged in a spate of car bombings in baghdad in the surrounding region so it seems to me the state department alert basically reflects a failure of u.s. policy on the backlash from insurgent groups linked to al qaida has also affected smaller communities in the region around see hundred kurdish civilians were taken
hostage in syria following clashes with you had shortly after one of the currently does was assassinated and a nigga has the story. considering the complexity of syria you have to understand that there are dozens of groups of people who are divided by either faith or nationality or ethnicity all of them are also involved in this bitter battle which has been going on in the country for the last couple of years kurds are among the biggest ethnic groups kurds are actually the largest nation in the world that does not have a date the dream of statehood is something that kurds have entertained for hundreds of years they are originating in iraq turkey and in syria now increasingly kurds in syria are coming under under extreme pressure from the radical groups which have permeated syria and are affiliated with al qaida recently severe clashes have broken out in several villages on the border between syria and turkey primarily in the northern all the province several hundred kurds have been taken hostage by
fighters of a loser front and they are also helping videos posted on the internet which claim to be pictures of kurds who have come under attack from the from the extremists truly horrific pictures now the kurdish militia house call them kurds in the region to unite in their struggle against the radical islamists are deleted with al qaida forces are also dreaming of their own state and it's none other than syria that there are plenty to initiate their estate out in fact they're saying they're going to get right to it immediately after ramadan ends and that is just in a week's time so the situation in that region is incredibly incredibly harsh and literally boiling at this point as we're having as we're having again hundreds of people abducted from their homes. we're also hearing about people being killed just for the simple reason that they're kurds and it really doesn't seem like anybody is especially paying attention primarily the western media there is very little
information on the subject if you try to look for it with the terror threat on the rise in the middle east. state borders are being tightened too but it's not winning everyone's praise that is one of the topics in the spotlight of today's breaking the set with abby martin and here is a quick preview. we focus on the threat of terrorism abroad seems like things are missed here at home exactly what my next guest has experienced first hand though she worked as a customs and border protection officer on the border of mexico we had very specific alerts that on fourth of july two thousand and four members of al qaeda were planning to cross the borders into the united states using our land borders was mexico and on that date i saw that twenty three people from terrorist countries were allowed to enter the united states and none of the proper checks were done they were not enrolled in any databases no one bothered to take their fingerprints they were pretty much just flashed across and no one knew about it when i brought
it up to the port director who told me to take it to intel law and behold on this date of special importance everyone in intel was given the day off their door was closed and i reported this to the f.b.i.'s joint terrorism task force and myself became the enemy of the state for embarrassing homeland security and so instead of investigating that which they closed was no action and no investigation they opened fifty four investigations against me and they sent a black hawk helicopter to raid my home they had my husband and i twice maliciously prosecuted and imprisoned and we had to fight back to clear our name. in the arab world never seen anything like. this a little later on still to come this i'll call you to is chief comments on the situation in egypt and its group's leader things morsi is i'm speaking was
a western reporter and the continuing protests by the supporters of the toppled president in a few minutes time so a distraught mother and a diplomatic wrangle the fight continues for legal aid to a russian program a snatch by the u.s. in the dominican republic without risk. consent or even knowledge that is just that .
we speak your language of the will or not of the. programs and documentaries in spanish what matters to you. a little too much of angle in this story. here. altie spanish find out more visit. again this being a fresh outbreak of violence against civilians in afghanistan at least eight people have been killed in a suicide attack that apparently targeted the indian consulate in the eastern
afghan city of jalalabad more than twenty others were injured and police say many of the casualties are children well to further discuss the surge in violence in afghanistan i'm not joined live by doctor but at day from the university of north korea thank you very much for joining us tonight the latest report by the u.n. says attacks against civilians have surged almost a quarter during the first half of the year how much do you think that's reflected in the fact that international forces and security to the afghan authorities. ok first of all godless to the families and. most of them are children and it's all sending to see that innocent civilians are doing to. the same time we have to see the bigger picture of this in our. international forces have been there for quite some time now and you all know. the taliban are creation and imagination and . it's more simple to more so now. what western
forces that we need done. couldn't actually. requirements engage communities and never try to understand their needs and plans instead of trying to implement dealer defined. you find ways of. running a state in which it was not. created since back to you. in this new chain so do you think the situation will actually get worse once the international forces have pulled that. i think that the first thing you have to actually in our. tradition the local or you have to give them the confidence it is occurring in one stage to. the developing countries are capable
only do to solve problems and learn their own well. look instead if you import there was. a good instruction in those that wanted to work out. this particular country has been closed while each terrorist attacks war and the last three decades or so they have to be given time and you have to be allowed to. own state let's just talk a little bit about the the attack that's happened. today many indian buildings in afghanistan have been targeted if fortune's were killed in two attacks on its embassy in kabul just a few years ago do you think that's a coincidence or is there some sort of grudge there i think it is a part of the organization if you don't want to say good news and do regional don't india has got its own wrong excuse you jews are. india has been sounding. democracy and look at all secularism or more than half
a century and also we have to understand the world the. nations so years and the result in more than just. the last was something instantly and huge talked about it day half from the university of north america thank you very much thank you. now al qaeda is chief has accused washington of conspiring with the egyptian military to overthrow mohammed morsi our summer here he made his first public comments on the situation in egypt since the ag sting the country's largest leader his supporters continue to stage mass demonstrations across the country another night of unrest saw police firing tear gas on one of the marches while the military warned to citizens would be stormed artie's peltry brings us the latest now from the divided country. of course we had this sort of
forty hour deadline from the interior ministry who said to offer two days they will erect this is a barricade around these two cities for that ousted leader mohamed morsi in the capital they've said this will mean that to people can leave the city and then i enter it's a kind of besieging now in the run up to this we have had to mass protests in support of the deposed leader across the country thirty four marches in total one of them which ended up in the media production city which is in very sick for probably the district of the capital resulted in clashes with security forces peachtree take asked the protest is that they have been attempting to set up a new city and apparently barricades is manager erecting tents there which is why the security forces cracked down on mount speaking to protesters today in one of the main sit ins here in the capital they tell me that they will think about possibly setting up
a new sit ins like this one the media city if these big sit ins here. nasr city and easier on cleared by security forces in the next few days it's very tense here within the heavy deployment of troops in the military and expected clashes on the horizon when the interior ministry takes the plunge and actually does try and evacuate these people because there are a lot of people in the streets in support of the ounce of the that there really are tens of thousands of but you know women and children who are in these sit ins and you think go into all guns blazing it will be a bloodbath so we have to see how the situation develops overnight and in the coming days. of course we have plenty more stories for you on our website including relief for gay rights campaign is in russia during the sochi olympics that are to lead about the myths and facts and how the country is dealing with its equality movements amid criticism from the west and have a vision set where we've got stunning pictures from global events. including the
latest anti-government protest in rio de janeiro that had there more by catching snapshots. now the story of an undercover arrest that's left the mother in despair and the foreign ministry outraged alexander payne in suspected of cyber fraud was shipped to the u.s. from the dominican republic but russian officials as well as the man's family only learned to batted a month later artist tom barton has not he's accused of being a master internet fraudster alexander punin is currently believed to be in a prison in the u.s. state of georgia extradited there last month from the dominican republic his friends didn't know what had happened to him but other commissions only after one month we found out he was indeed arrested and held but that's all we know. even his own mother was left in the dark eager to belgium was when he was already on his way back to russia we were waiting for him at home but he didn't arrive he simply
disappeared a keen computer programmer from moscow the twenty four year old was wanted for embezzlement through internet scams used on banks including u.s. ones of at least five million dollars the russian government has lashed out at the u.s. saying he was snatched without their knowledge not question was about someone to us that well once again faced with the rest of the russian citizen on the u.s. warrant in a third country we consider this practice which has become a vicious tendency completely unacceptable. referring to a bilateral agreement in one thousand nine hundred nine russia's foreign ministry says the u.s. should have told them about russian nationals they wanted to arrest when we asked the u.s. embassy in moscow about the matter they declined to comment none of it helps alexander's mother who remains convinced of her son's innocence went to anybody i don't believe his tell so much money i'm not saying that just because i'm his mother i spoke to his friend the one who invited him to the dominican republic and
he asked if my son even had any money his friend sold me that he had been borrowing from him. and there are more cases like alexander's says the russian government where expeditions have been made without their knowledge in july the russian dimitrios enough was extradited from lithuania after allegedly importing hundreds of thousands of pieces of military equipment from the united states to russia. and in two thousand and eleven a pilot constant indiana shingo was sentenced to twenty years in prison in the u.s. after being found guilty of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine there he was extradited from liberia in may two thousand and ten in each of these cases the russian government but they weren't informed in time by u.s. authorities with edward snowden's asylum worsening relations cases like alexander plans will do little to help tom watson r.t. moscow. a quick look now at some other news happening this hour from around the
globe thousands of pro palestinian supporters in the iranian capital tehran have rallied to denounce israeli politics in the west bank people carry ban isn't chanted slogans demanding a boycott of israel and the end of the occupation of palestine the crowds also called on governments around the globe to press television for a political solution to the continued border disputes and the end of settlement politics and in morocco a number of people including journalists have been injured as police broke up a mass rally against a royal pardon of the spanish pay to file a man was serving a thirty year sentence for raping and filming children aged between four and fifteen but released by the king as part of a group of spaniards who the spanish monarch had requested to be pardoned the move sparked outrage by activists across the country demanding the decision be revoked and the paedophile brought back to jail. it's going to help us stay here in moscow
coming up a look at the ancient custom of bloodline feuds in russia's caucuses region and changing in the twenty first century. old. sigrid laboratory to mccurry was able to build a new most sophisticated robot which will unfortunately doesn't give a darn about anything terms mission to teach music creation why it should care about humans and we're going to this is why you should care only on the dog call. if you leave the. economic ups and downs and to find out all day long to do your
cleaning his gun after being on duty is a matter of priority it's almost a ritual for him and he's helped by his seven year old son. i want my son to be a soldier everybody in our family has been a military man. my father and even my grandfather and his time it's always been that way you could say our family loves weapons. already disassemble the pistol by himself and each individual. he says it's not too heavy for him it's just his hands are too small. this is being prepared for adult life in chechnya several generations of the family have followed the chechen code.